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> Kickdown Cable Plastic Connection To Tranny, 89 245 smoking on passenger side
hideogumperjr
post Feb 24 2020, 07:03 PM
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Hi everyone, I have a weird situation at hand (but don't we all.)
I have an 89 245 which is running quite well.

Over the weekend I was underneath it in the driveway trying to check the wiring for the overdrive solenoid (overdrive doesn't work of course.) I used my hand to reach up on the passenger side of the tranny and I felt something crack, at first I thought it might have been a cable sheath that went but I just drove it on the freeway at 60 mph and noticed a lot of smoke coming from behind the car.

I had just put in a can of seafoam into the fuel tank and thought at first it was just the usual smoke from the carbon and seafoam burning but when I pulled off the highway the smoking stopped. I thought exhaust pipe emissions but I though it was coming from the right side of the car. When I got home I checked the car and of course the exhaust pipe is on that left side of the car. The pop I heard over the weekend came to mind and resounded very loudly in my head.

My question is about the kickdown cable where it attaches to the tranny. I know all plastic is pretty brittle in the car and I am wondering if I maybe pushed the kickdown cable and broke the plastic attachment to the tranny and now tranny fluid is percolating out of that hole and onto the exhaust pipe.

Anyone had this problem or experience with this situation?

Always something new innit.

Hideo
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hideogumperjr
post Feb 25 2020, 10:46 AM
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Well more research on the issue and I am highly confident that one misplaced hand did indeed crack the time/head tired plastic end to the kickdown cable. Gotta be careful about that 30+ yo plastic stuff.
Ive found in my readings that the replacement is not too terrible, however getting the dipstick tube off seems to be the biggest obstacle, soaking the nut etc to remove it, or removing the bolts at the starter to remove the tube and the pan at the same time and some even going so far as to cut the tube and using a joint to reassemble.
I figure since I will have it up in the air in the garage for a while, Ill do the overdrive fix and remove and replace the torn bushing in the torsion bar and begin the brake fluid change, I had one bleeder screw break so Ill pull that caliper, clean and rebuild it and see it I need to do the same to the rest. Sigh.
Ill keep this up to date.
Cheers yall.
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yanns
post Mar 29 2020, 06:04 PM
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interesting, thanks for the info

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QUOTE (hideogumperjr @ Feb 24 2020, 07:03 PM)
Hi everyone, I have a weird situation at hand (but don't we all.)
I have an 89 245 which is running quite well.

Over the weekend I was underneath it in the driveway trying to check the wiring for the overdrive solenoid (overdrive doesn't work of course.) I used my hand to reach up on the passenger side of the tranny and I felt something crack, at first I thought it might have been a cable sheath that went but I just drove it on the freeway at 60 mph and noticed a lot of smoke coming from behind the car.

I had just put in a can of seafoam into the fuel tank and thought at first it was just the usual smoke from the carbon and seafoam burning but when I pulled off the highway the smoking stopped. I thought exhaust pipe emissions but I though it was coming from the right side of the car. When I got home I checked the car and of course the exhaust pipe is on that left side of the car. The pop I heard over the weekend came to mind and resounded very loudly in my head.

My question is about the kickdown cable where it attaches to the tranny. I know all plastic is pretty brittle in the car and I am wondering if I maybe pushed the kickdown cable and broke the plastic attachment to the tranny and now tranny fluid is percolating out of that hole and onto the exhaust pipe.

Anyone had this problem or experience with this situation?

Always something new innit.

Hideo

check the wiring going on to the overdrive solenoid on top of the gearbox.
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